Relying on God: Our Confident Hope
June 22, 2017
2 Corinthians 1:9-11 (New Living Translation): In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
We live in a society that advocates for individualism, meaning that people are responsible for themselves, and, therefore, must not depend on anyone but themselves for help in times of trouble. But, as Christians, the children of the Living God, we realize that there are times when we must place our hope only in the Lord, confident of His help. Psalm 46: 1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”
Paul and Timothy experienced major troubles in the province of Asia, as they struggled to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Paul said that the troubles were so great that they expected to die. Instead of starting to depend on themselves, this harassment taught them to rely only on God, and God did rescue them from death. Paul acknowledges as well that the value of the prayers others prayed for them, as God heard the prayers and answered them by securing safe passage for Paul and Timothy.
Today, whatever the troubles in your life, whether they are spiritual, financial, physical, emotional, or marital, put your confident hope in God alone, and pray for His guidance and help. Then, pray also for others, that God might help them as well. The reality is that we cannot always help ourselves, that there are situations that only a God-size answer can change in our favor. In those times, we must place our trust in the One who created the world and still rules over it, even when we think God is silent. Through prayer for ourselves and others, we request God’s intervention in the lives of His people, knowing that the confident hope we place in Him will not be in vain.
Dear Father in Heaven, I surrender my troubles to you today, for I admit that I do not know all of the answers. You have proven yourself faithful in so many times of trouble, especially in times when I saw my situation as impossible to fix and thought I would die. You rescued me, and I am confident in my hope and belief that You still hear and answer the prayers of Your people. Lord God, I pray that You would comfort those who mourn, give new life to those who are lost, and offer help to those who have ceased to believe that change is possible. Let them experience Your presence and help today, Almighty God, and then let them proclaim the blessings, as the apostle Paul did, so others will know that you alone are our confident hope. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.